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Faculty Profile

Qiang Zhu

Professor, Structural Engineering


Ocean engineering, biomechanics.

Professor Zhu’s research interest is in interdisciplinary investigations that combine offshore engineering and biomechanics. Correspondingly, his research includes two parts: (1) To apply established and well-tested theoretical and numerical tools in the field of civil/offshore engineering to study structural and fluid-structure interaction problems in biomechanics; (2) To utilize knowledge gathered from the structure vs. function of living creatures for biomimetic studies of novel mechanical, civil, and offshore structures. His current research focus are on mechanics of skeleton-reinforced biomembranes (including cell membrane and fish fins), flow energy harvester based on flapping foils, and fluid/structural modeling of floating wind turbines.

Capsule Bio:

After completing his PhD, Professor Zhu had worked as a postdoctoral researcher and a research engineer at MIT before joining UCSD. Zhu has published a variety of papers on his work involving fluid-structure dynamics problems.

Education:

  • Ph.D., Applied Mechanics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, (2000)
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Science and Technology of China (1993)

Awards:

  • NSF CAREER Award (2009)

Selected Publications:

  • Shoele, K. and Zhu, Q. Leading edge strengthening and the propulsion performance of flexible ray fins. Journal of Fluid Mechanics. Accepted.
  • Peng, Z., Asaro, R.J., and Zhu, Q. Multiscale modeling of erythrocytes in Stokes flow. Journal of Fluid Mechanics 686: 299-337, 2011.
  • Zhu, Q. Optimal frequency for flow energy harvesting of a flapping foil. Journal of Fluid Mechanics 675: 495-517, 2011.
  • Shoele, K. & Zhu, Q. Flow-induced vibrations of a deformable ring. Journal of Fluid Mechanics 650: 343-362, 2010.
  • Zhu, Q. & Peng, Z. Mode coupling and flow energy harvesting by a flapping foil. Physics of Fluids 21: 033601, 2009
  • Zhu, Q. & Shoele, K. Propulsion performance of a skeleton-strengthened fin. Journal of Experimental Biology 211(13): 2087-2100, 2008.
  • Zhu,Q. & Asaro, R. Spectrin folding vs. unfolding reactions and RBC membrane stiffness. Biophysical Journal 94(7): 2529-2545, 2008.
  • Zhu, Q. Numerical simulation of a flapping foil with chordwise or spanwise flexibility. AIAA Journal 45(10): 2448-2457, 2007.
  • Zhu, Q., Vera, C., Asaro, R., Sche, P., & Sung, A.L.P. A hybrid model for erythrocyte membrane: a single unit of protein network coupled with lipid bilayer. Biophysical Journal 93(2): 386-400, 2007.

  • Zhu, Q. Optimal frequency for flow energy harvesting of a flapping foil. Journal of Fluid Mechanics. In press.
  • Shoele, K., Prowell, I., Zhu, Q., & Elgamal, A. Dynamic and structural modeling of a floating wind turbine. Int. Journal of Offshore and Polar Engineering. In press.
  • Zhu, Q., Moser, M., & Kemp, P. Numerical analysis of a unique mode of locomotion: vertical climbing by Pacific lamprey. Bioinspiration & Biomimetics 6: 016005, 2011.
  • Shoele, K. & Zhu, Q. Numerical simulation of a pectoral fin during labriform swimming. Journal of Experimental Biology. 213:2038-2047, 2010.
  • Peng, Z., Asaro, R.J. & Zhu, Q. Multiscale simulation of erythrocyte membranes. Physical Review E. 81: 031904, 2010.
  • Shoele, K. & Zhu, Q. Flow-induced vibrations of a deformable ring. Journal of Fluid Mechanics. 650: 343-362, 2010.
  • Peng, Z. & Zhu, Q. Energy harvesting through flow-induced oscillations of a foil. Physics of Fluids 21: 123602, 2009.
  • Shoele, K. & Zhu, Q. Fluid-structure interactions of skeleton-reinforced fins: performance analysis of a paired fin in lift-based propulsion. Journal of Experimental Biology 212(16): 2679-2690, 2009.
  • Zhu, Q. & Peng, Z. Mode coupling and flow energy harvesting by a flapping foil. Physics of Fluids 21: 033601, 2009.
  • Zhu, Q. & Shoele, K. (2008) Propulsion performance of a skeleton-strengthened fin. Journal of Experimental Biology. 211(13), pp 2087-2100.
  • Zhu, Q., Haase, M., & Wu, C.H. (2009) Modeling the capacity of a novel flow-energy harvester. Applied Mathematical Modelling. 33(5), pp 2207-2218.
  • Zhu,Q. & Asaro, R. (2008) Spectrin folding vs. unfolding reactions and RBC membrane stiffness. Biophysical Journal. 94, pp 2529-2545.
  • Zhu, Q., Liu, Y., & Yue, D.K.P. (2008) Resonant interactions of Kelvin ship waves with ambient ocean waves. Journal of Fluid Mechanics. 597, pp 171-197.
  • Zhu, Q., (2007) "Numerical simulation of a flapping foil with chordwise or spanwise flexibility." AIAA Journal, 45(10), pp. 2448-2457.
  • Zhu, Q., Vera, C., Asaro, R., Sche, P., & Sung, A.L.P., (2007) "A hybrid model for erythrocyte membrane: a single unit of protein network coupled with lipid bilayer." Biophysical Journal, 93(2), pp. 386-400.
  • Zhu, Q., Liu, Y., & Yue, D.K.P. (2006)' "Dynamics of a three-dimensional oscillating
    foil near the free surface." AIAA Journal. 44(12), pp. 2997-3009.
  • Zhu, Q., Zeng, J., Triantafyllou, M.S. & Yue, D.K.P. (2006) "Direct numerical
    simulation of single molecule-DNA by cable dynamics." Journal of MEMS. 15(5),pp 1078-1087
  • Zhu, Q., Liu, Y. and Yue, D.K.P., (2003). “Three-dimensional instabilities of standing waves.” Journal of Fluid Mechanics 496, pp. 213-242.
  • Triantafyllou, M.S., Techet, A.H., Zhu, Q., Beal, D.N., Hover, F.S. and Yue, D.K.P., (2002). “Vorticity control in fish-like propulsion and maneuvering.” Integrative & Comparative Biology. Vol. 42, No. 5, pp.1026-1031.
  • Zhu, Q., Wolfgang, M., Yue, D.K.P., and Triantafyllou, M.S., (2002). “Three-dimensional flow structures and vorticity control in fish-like swimming.” Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Vol. 468, pp.1-28.
  • Liu,Y., Zhu,Q. and Yue,D.K.P., (1999). “Nonlinear radiated and diffracted waves due to the motions of a submerged circular cylinder.” Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Vol. 382, pp. 263-282.
  • Zhu,Q., liu,Y., Tjavaras,A.A., Triantafyllou,M.S. and Yue,D.K.P., (1999). “Mechanics of nonlinear short-wave generation by a moored near-surface buoy.” Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Vol. 381, pp.305-335.
  • Tjavaras,A.A., Zhu,Q., Liu,Y., Triantafyllou,M.S. and Yue,D.K.P., (1998). “The mechanics of highly-extensible cables.” Journal of Sound and Vibration. Vol. 213, No. 4, pp.709-737.
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